Stealsies: Donal’s Auntie Ann’s Banana Bread

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Banana bread, just out of the oven, smothered in butter and accompanied by a big cup of tea. Is there anything better? And as it’s made of Bananas it’s totally healthy and, ahem, good for you. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

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Makes 8 mini  or 2 larger loaves.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 50 minutes

You’ll Need:

110g butter
190g caster sugar
2 large eggs
240g self raising flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
3 large bananas

Directions:

1.     Preheat the oven to 180oC.

2.     Cream the sugar and the butter in a bowl with a hand held mixer until light & pale. Add in one egg & a little flour and mix through, repeat with the other egg & the rest of flour and baking soda, until everything is mixed through & smooth.
3.     Peel the bananas & mash them with the back of a fork.  Add them to the bowl with the vanilla extract & mix through.
Pour the mix into a well greased loaf tin & place in an oven for approximately 50 minutes. Cover it with tinfoil after 25 minutes to stop it browning too much on top if you need to.

4.     Insert a metal skewer into the centre of the loaf & if it comes out clean the banana bread is ready.  Remove from the loaf tin & place on a wire rack to cool.

Recipe pilfered from The Good Mood Food Blog.

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Spicy Lamb Moussaka

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Confession time: Until last night I had no idea what Moussaka consisted of. I had a vague notion that it was a food dish but that was really as far as it went.

Turns out Moussaka is a relatively straight forward meal to prepare. Think of it as Greek lasagne.  I’m sure it could be adapted to fit what you have in the presses for a less traditional dish.

It does however require apt attention in the preparation which has a number of steps so make sure you aren’t distracted before you start.

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Serves 4.

Prep Time : 25 minutes.

Cooking time: 45 minutes More

Red Lentil, Kidney Bean, Chickpea & Chilli Soup

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Getting home close to 7pm on a week night never puts one in much of a mood for  standing over a stove for 2 hours stirring,  sifting, reducing etcetera etcetera.  The lure of the microwave dinner or worse the chipper can be just too great. Therefore I tend to go for recipes that are are not overly complicated & that are relatively quick to make.

This is never more the case than when you’re feeling a little under the weather as myself & the ninja were last week. This warm spicy soup is brilliant for just such a night. It’s super easy & the chickpeas & kidney beans give it a lovely hearty texture so it feels like a full meal.

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Comfort Food #2

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Here endeth the Hangover.

Comfort Food

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Beshoff’s Curry Chips with Mayo. Much needed today.

Stealsies: Butternut Squash Nomness

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This is a brilliant veggie recipe stolen from I Can Has Cook?

You’ll Need

(serves 2)

*     1 butternut squash

*     50g Puy lentils

*     1 onions , peeled, halved and thinly sliced

*     1 garlic cloves peeled and finely chopped

*     1 tsp cumin seeds

*     1 tsp ground cumin

*     1 tsp ground cinnamon

*     1½ tsp sweet paprika

*      A pinch cayenne pepper

*     100g feta cheese , crumbled

*     20g pine nuts

*     1 tbsp chopped mint

*     1 tbsp chopped flat-leaf parsley

*     1/2 lemon , juiced

*     Seeds from ½ pomegranate (Couldn’t get my hands on a pomegranate but it was still delicious)

* Can be served with tahini yoghurt. More

Easy Peasy Banoffee Split

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The problem with this recipe is not only that it’s so easy and tempting but that ingredients are always to hand when a late night sugar pang attacks.

You’ll Need: (serves 2)

*     2 Bananas

*     Handful of Raisins

*     1 Tbsp flaked almonds

*     125 ml Double Cream

*     Vanilla Ice-cream

*     A few squares of Dark Chocolate

*     Splash of dark rum

*     Toffee sauce (The M&S toffee sauce is brilliant for this) More

Super Decadent Chocolate Cake

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You’ll Need:

*     3 – 100 gram, 60% cocoa milk chocolate bars (60% cocoa is good for this)

*     1 ½ cups of caster sugar

*     110g Butter

*     A pinch of salt

*     5 eggs

Instructions:

*     Pre-heat the your oven to 180 degrees.

*     Melt the chocolate in a glass bowl over some simmering water.

*     And sugar, salt and butter to the melted chocolate.

*     When smooth, remove from heat and let cool for a couple of minutes.

*     Meanwhile, beat the eggs.

*     When the chocolate has cooled slightly, fold the eggs in and pour into an 8 inch greased cake pan.

*     Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a fork inserted comes out pretty clean.

*     Let cool for a few minutes and serve still warm with s scoop of vanilla ice-cream & a few raspberries.

I can vouch that while it doesn’t look the best, seconds were requested.

Sausage & Courgette Carbonara

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Until I tried this recipe I had always turned my nose up at courgettes as tasteless, boring vegetables. Instead they add a juicy crunch to this really simple dish.

You Need:

*     3 large good quality sausages. I used Jane Russell’s Italian Fennell &   Pimento sausages.

*     2 Smoky Rashers or Three slices of Parma Ham

*     Fusilli Pasta

*    2 Large Eggs

*     1 Courgette

*     100 ml Double Cream

*     1 Lemon

*     Parmasen Cheese

*    Fresh Parsley (Must be fresh)

*     Olive Oil

Instructions

*    Cook Pasta according to instructions. More

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